Oakland Mills School Happenings

November 14, 2023 | Issue 136

The last of the leaves are falling, and it's already time for Thanksgiving! We here at The Other Barn have much to be thankful for, including our wonderful community. Thank you for all you do to make Oakland Mills hOMe and to support our village's students!

Upcoming fun events at The Other Barn:

  • Lively Arts for Little Ones: Mr. Jon & Friends on Friday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets available on Eventbrite and day-of at the door.
  • Breakfast Snacks with Santa on December 2, 9:00 and 9:45 a.m. seatings. Tickets & info
  • Gingerbread House Decorating on December 13, 6:30 p.m. Tickets & info
  • Holiday Lights in the Courtyard on December 16, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Courtyard next to The Other Barn (free, no ticket required). This year, we'll have a food truck offering scrumptious holiday snacks for purchase! More info.

Have a beautiful day!

Brigitta Warren, Village Manager

Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

Oakland Mills High School

OMHS Food Pantry Distribution

November 15, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

at OMHS (front parking lot)

More info. DONATIONS NEEDED! The pantry is running low on food and needs more donations. Donations accepted at The Other Barn, Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See donations box below for details. Also, the pantry is doing its own donation drive. Scroll down a little further to find out more.

OMHS FAB & Boosters Restaurant Night at Silver Diner

November 16, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

8250 Gateway Overlook Dr, Elkridge

Facebook event page

OMHS Fall Play: Romeo & Juliet

November 16 & 17, 7:00 p.m.

November 18, 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.


Tickets $10, available on Booktix and at the door.

OMHS PTSA Restaurant Night at Red Robin

November 23

8640 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia

WBAL Concert for Kids

December 2, 1:00 & 7:00 p.m.


The WBAL Concert for Kids annual concert has raised over $105,000 in support of the WBAL Radio Kids Campaign. This year, the entire OMHS Performing Arts Department (band, choir, guitar, dance, piano, orchestra and theatre) will perform, as well as guest readers from WBAL Radio. Santa Claus will also visit! More info & tickets

Guitar & Piano Recital

December 6, 7:00 p.m.


Dance Concert

December 15 & 16, 7:00 p.m.


OMHS PTSA Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

Now through December 1

Purchase a dozen donuts (or more) online from any state, receive a redemption code via email, take your code to ANY Krispy Kreme in the US and get your donuts! Half of the proceeds go to the PTSA. Order HERE.

OMHS Food Pantry Decades Donation Drive

Donation period open through January 2

Which decade of graduates can raise the most funds to support the OMHS Food Pantry? The winning decade will split their earnings with the OMHS Food Pantry and the corresponding Class. All other donations go directly to the OMHS Food Pantry to support our community.

70s and 2020s = Class of 2025

80s = Class of 2027

90s = Class of 2024

2000s = Class of 2026

2010's = Split between all four Classes

Not an alumnus? You can still donate. Just pick a class—maybe your own graduation year or a current class you want to support. Donate HERE.

Fine Arts Performance Schedules

Click the Fine Arts Boosters (FAB) orange box below to see a calendar of OMHS fine arts events.

Sports Schedules

Visit County Sports Zone for schedules and scores.

OMHS Fine Arts Boosters
OMHS Boosters
Oakland Mills Middle School

OMMS PTSA Restaurant Night at Jason's Deli

November 15, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

8874 McGaw Rd, Columbia

Dine in, take out, or pick up. To place your order please call Famous Dave's at 410-290-0091. Mention "Oakland Mills Middle School PTSA" and ask for any special instructions to receive 20% of your meal's price donated back to the Oakland Mills Middle School PTSA.

Winter Concerts

Orchestra: December 19, 6:30 p.m.

Band: December 20, 6:30 p.m.

Chorus: December 21, 6:30 p.m.

All concerts to take place at OMHS


December 13, 6:30 p.m.

OMMS Media Center

OMMS PTSA Facebook Page
Stevens Forest Elementary School

PTA Turkey Trot 5K

November 18, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

More details

PTA Meeting

November 27, 7:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting

Contact the PTA for a Zoom link.

Talbott Springs Elementary School

TSES PTA Meeting

November 16, 6:00 p.m.

Winter Music Concert

November 11 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Thunder Hill Elementary School

THES PTA Restaurant Night Out at Chipotle

November 15, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

6181 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 100

See the PTA Facebook page for flyer and info about ordering online.

THES PTA Restaurant Night Out at Noodles & Company

December 5, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

6191 Old Dobbin Ln, Columbia

Volunteer in the Media Center

Do you have some available time to come in and help in the THES Media Center? At present, the media center needs some extra hands to help shelve books! No experience is needed, and the media staff will show you exactly what to do. Also, your day and time to volunteer is very flexible.

Please email Leah McIlvain at leah_mcilvain@hcpss.org if you can volunteer.

Howard County Public School System

School Closure Dates

November 20 & 21: schools close 3 hours early

November 22-24: no school

December 13: schools close 3 hours early

December 25 - January 1: no school

Conference Scheduling to Reopen Monday, Nov. 13

Thank you for your patience as we worked with our vendor to resolve an issue with parent/teacher conference scheduling. Conference scheduling will reopen Monday, Nov. 13 at 8 a.m., and will close Friday, Nov. 17 at noon. Please click here for more information.

Board of Education Meetings

  • November 16, 4 & 7 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled Meeting
  • December 5, 4 & 7 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled Meeting

Board meetings may be viewed live or on-demand online, and during and after each meeting on Howard County Comcast channel 95 or Verizon channel 42. Upcoming Public Hearings can be found online.

Oakland Mills Board of Directors
Education Committee

OMCA Education Committee meeting

Next meeting: November 28, 6:00 p.m.

Hybrid, in-person at The Other Barn and online on Zoom.

The Oakland Mills Community Association's Education Committee supports and advocates for all Oakland Mills schools and county-wide on a variety of issues. All interested individuals are welcome to join the conversation!

For more information contact Oakland Mills Board of Directors Chair and OMCA Education Committee Chair Jonathan Edelson at jledelson.omca@gmail.com.

Community Resources
Oakland Mills Online (OMO) is an online social learning platform founded by Oakland Mills families to keep our community connected while we are socially isolated.

Oakland Mills Local Leadership Team's mission is to make the village of Oakland Mills an inclusive, equitable and connected community that values and supports the healthy development of all children, youth and families.

HC DrugFree provides resources and education on prevention, treatment, recovery, and health and wellness to help Howard County residents develop knowledge and skills to understand and address behavioral health (substance use and mental health) disorders. HC DrugFree website

Oakland Mills United (OMU) is a community group started by recent OMHS graduates that advocates for the OM community and its schools and offers tutoring and college help. OMCA is a proud partner with OMU.
Need Help?

Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry

November 15, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Free, no contact. More info.

Columbia Community Care

Free Supplies & Food Distribution

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Locations and info

Free Student Meals
Click HERE to apply.
Oakland Mills United
Free tutoring and help understanding the college process HERE.

The Howard County MultiService Center Free Grab-and-Go Meals

Mons. & Weds.: Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Third Sat.: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

MORE INFO ~ Spanish Flyer 

If you are in need of food and cannot get to the center please call 410-313-0220 to schedule an appointment.

Donate or Volunteer

Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry

Donations Accepted at The Other Barn, Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

See details, including a list of needed items HERE. Donations always welcome! Donate in-person at OMHS on the second Wednesday of the month, make a monetary donation, or order donations through the pantry's Amazon Wishlist. More info.

A-Ok Mentoring & Tutoring: Tutors Needed!

Would you like to be a volunteer mentor-tutor who supports Howard County elementary and middle school students? Are you a trustworthy adult who can commit to one school year of service for a student? A-Ok would love to meet you! Find the next A-Ok info session on the A-Ok website.

Oakland Mills United
Tutors needed! More info HERE.